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February 12, 2019

Drake’s speech at the Grammys got cut off and producers explain what happened

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Drake’s mic was cut off during his acceptance speech at the Grammys on Sunday, but the award producers have now explained the reason and claim it’s not what everybody thinks.  

The Grammy Awards came with a lot of dramatic moments, and Drake's mic getting cut off was one of those that stood out.

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While accepting his “Best Rap Song” award for “God’s Plan,” Drake delivered a speech that may not have sat well with organizers of the show, telling the room full of musicians that winning awards don’t matter.

"The producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage..."

“I want to take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this, aspiring to do music,” began the Canadian rapper. “All my peers that make music from their heart that do things pure and tell the truth, I wanna let you know we’re playing in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport.”

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He added:

“This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else. …But my point is you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”

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As Drake started to speak again, he was cut off, and the broadcast switched to a commercial. Viewers were convinced that the rapper’s mic was muted because of the direction of his speech.

It didn’t help that Drake has a tenuous relationship with the Grammys and has been vocal about its failure to recognize artists of color and genres like hip hop in the past, according to Time.com.

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The rapper’s Sunday attendance was his first since 2013 and he also previously declined an offer to perform at the event.

The Recording Academy has however claimed that the sharp cut was not in any way intentional. In an official statement to Variety, a spokesperson insisted it was the result of a misunderstanding.

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“During Drake’s speech there was a natural pause during his speech, and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” the statement read. “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were, but Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add to it, so just a point of clarification.”

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